Tigers fall to Longview Lobos

THS now 3-1 in district


Photo by Kelsi Brinkmeyer

Texas High’s Jakardi Witcher is tackled from behind while trying to turn the corner on a sweep play. Texas High lost to Longview 20-38.

The Tigers undefeated district streak ended tonight with a 38-20 loss against the Longview Lobos.

“I feel like there was a point of time in the game where we should of turned up, and we didn’t,” junior wide receiver Jacorien Walker said. “We had them, and at that point of time we should have fought and tried to destroy them. I felt like after that we started giving in. We did play our best game and they are a good team, but I don’t want to see it as that. I feel like we are better. If we eliminate the mistakes, we’ll be okay.”

The Longview Lobos started off the game pushing the Tiger defense back. At the 11:11 mark, the Lobos junior running back Tylan Miller ran the ball 34 yards to put the Lobos deep into Tiger Territory on the 6-yard line.

Miller punched in the first touchdown in the game, resulting in a 7-0 score in favor of the Lobos.

With a minute remaining in the first quarter, Miller had a 1-yard run to score another touchdown for Longview, keeping the lead with a score of 13-0.

The Tigers put their first points on the board within the first few seconds of the second quarter. Senior running back Javon Thomas had a 58-yard run resulting in a touchdown for the Tigers, also receiving the extra point with a kick made by junior kicker Ethan Montez.

With 6 minutes remaining in the half, Longview mounted a drive the Tigers once again. Lobo senior running back Jamycal Hasty had a 21-yard touchdown run, followed by a 2-point conversion by junior quarterback Cameron Castleberry, furthering the Lobos lead at 21-7.

“We did a pretty good job,” sophomore quarterback Cade Pearson said. “We executed well. We had a few turnovers and a lot of adversity we couldn’t overcome. Coming out we were focused and everything was good, but they’re a good ball team.”

The third quarter started off lethargic. The momentum started to shift for the Tigers around the 5:32 mark with a 3-yard run for Thomas for a Texas High touchdown. The Tigers continued to fight but still lagged behind the Lobos with a score of 21-14.

Both teams fought back and forth for without any luck, resulting in a score of 21-14 going into the fourth quarter.

In the final quarter, the Lobos scored a field goal bringing the score to 24-14. Longview scored 14 unanswered points until a run by Texas High senior running back Jarion Anderson closed the game with a final Tiger touchdown, making the ending score 38-20.

“I thought today was our best game,” junior offensive linemen Matt Davis said. “We could of played a lot better. It was a good fight and I think it will prepare us for playoffs. It was a good experience.”

The Tigers will face the Marshall Mavericks next week in Marshall.

“I think we will beat everyone during the rest of district and go second seed into the playoffs,” Walker said. “First round in playoffs we’ve just got to turn up and show out.”